Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Topics Health and care services Adult social care Cancer services Emergency care General practice Hospital care Maternity services (-) Mental health Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Health and wellbeing boards (-) Integrated care Local service design System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Children and young people Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Commissioning and contracting Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances (-) Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2009 2010 (-) 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Can we be aspirational about quality standards for mental health when resources are so tight? Joanna Goodrich considers the impact of NICE's aspirational guidance on the delivery of adult mental health care on patient-centred care. Blog We need to make our wards more friendly for people with dementia The report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011 has put a sharp focus on the care of people with dementia in hospitals. Blog What has the number of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals got to do with patient choice? Francesca Frosini asks how a new measurement of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals will help to assess patient choice. Blog Can satisfaction with the NHS get any higher? John Appleby analyses the results of the British Social Attitudes survey to see why our satisfaction with the NHS is so high. Blog Real spending figures for the English NHS: an update John Appleby's blog about how new inflation estimates affect real spending figures for the NHS. Blog Commonwealth Fund survey: if the NHS is doing well, why is it changing? As a new Commonwealth Fund survey reflects a positive light on the NHS, Chris Ham asks why we are still moving forward so quickly with health reforms? Blog Is the GP contract a barrier to integrated care? Anna Dixon discusses the need to rethink how we commission and contract with primary care if the ambitions of integrated care are to be realised. Blog Making a reality of telehealth: lessons from the Whole System Demonstrator programme As we await the results of the WSDAN project, Nick Goodwin considers what else is needed to support new technologies in telehealth and telecare. Blog SHMI, the new indicator for measuring hospital mortality: more light or more confusion? In her blog, Veena Raleigh is doubtful that the new hospital mortality rate indictor, SHMI, will provide the definitive measure of a hospital's quality. Blog Lost and confused: improving hospital care for dementia patients After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia. Blog Do we need more generalists in our hospitals? Anna Dixon asks if ever-increasing specialisation in acute care is benefitting patients in her new blog. Blog Will NHS leaders rise to the challenge of an integrated care system? Chris Ham argues that as the NHS is facing growing demands from an ageing population, clinicians and organisations must work together to meet the needs of patients. Blog Who's paying for mental health services for young people? Sarah Jonas asks what effect will large scale cuts to local authority social care budgets have on child and adolescent mental health services. Blog Why are we waiting? Early indications show that while waiting times are still historically low, they are beginning to increase under the coalition government. Blog Blink and you missed it: the public health command paper The recent public health Command Paper, Healthy lives, healthy people: Update & way forward, was underwhelming in its recommendations, according to David Buck. Blog NHS reforms: the five laws of integrated care According to The Future Forum, integrated care is integral to the future delivery of health and social care. Nick Goodwin asks if we know what this truly means. Blog Anticipating NHS reforms: Back to the Future? Richard Humphries asks, when it comes to health and social care reforms, can a simulation exercise help us deal with the challenges we might face? Blog Privatisation or diversification: what do the changes to the NHS reforms mean for the private and voluntary sectors? Some opposition to the Health Bill focused on the privatisation of the NHS. Anna Dixon explains what the NHS reforms will truly mean for the private and voluntary sectors. Blog Do waiting times statistics actually measure up? NHS waiting times were once again the subject of heated exchanges in the Commons. But as our waiting times tracker shows, it all depends on how you measure it. Blog Commissioning for the future: will fact follow fiction? How similar is the Health Select Committee's report to a simulation exercise run by NHS Lincolnshire to illustrate commissioning NHS health services in 2013/14? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.